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Takigyo Meditation at Bentendo Waterfall

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A spiritual practice to cleanse the mind, body, and soul

Yamanashi Tourism Organization



There is an old Japanese training technique called takigyo, which refers to being hit by a waterfall that emerges from the wide open air. It is a method to face oneself and build great mental strength by submerging oneself in the icy, tumultuous water of a waterfall. In recent years, it has gained popularity as a form of a very austere type of training called aragyo.


At Bentendo, you can experience a 23-meter-tall waterfall in the bitter cold. Different sects and temples have different etiquette; at Benten-do, the head priest gives direct instruction.


Why not try this unique experience out yourself? There is no doubt the takigyo experience will change something within you.


How to get there


From Tokyo Station, take the train to Kofu Station (1 hour 40 minutes), then transfer to the JR Minobu Line and go to Hadakajima Station (85 minutes). From there, drive to the destination (30 minutes).


1245 Akasawa, Hayakawa-cho, Minamikoma-gun, Yamanashi-ken


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